Agent Tools & Info - Asia - Japan - Kyoto
While Japan is synonomous with being on the cutting edge of the modern technology, many traditional arts and crafts are kept alive from generation to generation in Kyoto. It is an insight into old Japan, with atmospheric temples, sublime gardens, traditional teahouses & geisha walking the streets, making it the soul of Japan
Peak Travel Seaon - April
Key Booking Period - January - February
Average Length of Stay - 3 Days
Getting Around -
Few of Kyoto’s tourist attractions are located close to subway or train stations. Instead, Kyoto has a dense bus network with direct bus lines from Kyoto Station and/or the city center. Buses are small and operate surprisingly infrequently even on some major routes, buses to major tourist sights can often get crowded, especially on weekends and during holidays. There are two subway, the Karasuma Line which runs from south to north and the newer Tozai Line which runs from east to west and crosses the Karasuma Line at the intersection of Karasuma-dori and Oike-dori.
DISTRICTS OF KYOTO
Central Kyoto - Laid out in an easy to navigate grid, it is the home to Kyoto's most important tourist sites, such as the Kyoto Imperial Palace; Nijo Castle; Nishiki Market known as Kyoto's kitchen; Potoncho Kyoto's atmosperic dining area & Kyoto Tower, Kyoto's tallest structure.
Higashiyama - The city’s best preserved historic district and a great place to experience traditional old Kyoto, with narrow lanes, wooden buildings & traditional merchant shops giving the feeling of the old Japanese capital.
Gion - Kyoto’s most famous geisha district located around Shigo Avenue. It is filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya (teahouses) where geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha) entertain.
North West Kyoto - Encompasses the city north of Imadegawa-dori and west of Senbon-dori, bounded on the west by the mountains that rise in the north and west of the city and home to Kinaki-ji Temple, the Golden Pavilion, a Zen Temple whose top 2 floors are completely covered in Gold Leaf, which reflects off the large pond it sit's next to.
South Kyoto - Two of Kyoto's greatest sites are located in this district. Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Shrine, the most important in Kyoto, is famous for it's thousands of vermillion torri gates that lead into the wooded forest of Mount Inari. Tofuku-ji Temple is one of the most attractive temples in Kyoto, especially during November, when this is one of Kyoto’s most famous maple leaf viewing spots.
Arashiyama - To the west on the outskirts of Kyoto is the second-most important sightseeing district in Kyoto. It’s filled with temples and shrines, but the star attraction is the famed Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, for good reason: standing amid these soaring stalks of bamboo is like being in another world
Top Selling Hotels -
Hearton Hotel Kyoto (V) - Located in central Kyoto, a short walk to Karasuma-Oike subway station, the Imperial Palace, Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market and Pontocho. Our number 1 hotel in Kyoto with larger than average rooms with simple décor, offering great value.
Ibis Styles Kyoto Station (V) - Directly across from the southern Exit of Kyoto Station with plenty of shops, restaurants and shopping malls in the local area. Easy access to transport allowing clients to travel all over Kyoto. Rooms have a modern design, while a little on the smaller size. Suited for couples, friends and business travellers.
ANA Crowne Plaza Kyoto (P) - Located next to Nijo Castle with easy access to the major Kyoto attractions. The subway is only a 1 minute walk from hotel and also offers a free shuttle to Kyoto station. The hotel has an indoor pool, day spa, night club plus 6 restaurants & bars
Hyatt Regency Kyoto (I) - Located in the Higashiyama District with a combination of contemporary and traditional Japanese design. Clients can easily walk around the historic area of Higashiyama & Gion. Each day, a Maiko (an apprenticed geisha) will perform a traditional dance at the hotel.
Insider Tip -
The Kyoto Tourist offices provide a useful English Network map for the Kyoto City Buses. You can purchase a Kyoto City One Day Pass at tourist information counters in subways & bus stations